BA Art History and French / Careers

Year of entry: 2022

Career opportunities

A degree in Art History not only prepares you for a career in the art world, but also equips you with intellectual and practical skills applicable to many spheres of employment.

We live in an image-saturated world where understanding the power of images and having the skills to interpret and analyse them can lead to a satisfying career in a variety of industries.

Studying Art History at Manchester will provide you with the chance to gain practical experience, and students are able to gain placements across Manchester, including at The Whitworth, the University's art gallery, and further afield.

Studies show that over two-thirds of UK businesses value foreign language skills; through your studies, you'll acquire transferable expertise at the very heart of language learning, including enhanced powers of perception and interpretation and advanced decision-making and multitasking skills. 

The creative economy accounts for 1 in 11 jobs across the UIK and employs 700,000 more people than the financial services industry (Creative Industries Federation).

The University of Manchester is the most targeted university in the UK for top graduate employers (High Fliers Research, 2019).

Our award-winning careers service provides a wealth of tools, advice, development opportunities and industry links. 

You'll have access to dedicated, subject-specific support throughout your studies and for up to two years after graduation.

Our undergraduate courses are also designed to provide an easy transition into postgraduate study, if desired. We offer a wide range of specialist master's courses within the University and even offer fast-tracked enrolment to high-achieving undergraduate students.

Our students can take part in our Stellify programme alongside their degrees, developing professional and leadership skills while contributing to their local and global communities through volunteering.

Our graduates have gone on to work in a variety of industries, including positions with Tate Liverpool, De Morgan Collection, Royal Collections and English Heritage. Other destinations:

  • Exhibition Curator
  • Archivist
  • Advertising
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Heritage
  • Museums and Galleries

Employers who have taken on graduates of our French courses in the past include KPMG, Deloitte, L'Oréal, BT, Louis Vuitton, Rothschild, Hilton Hotels, British Council, Teach First, Barclays, and the BBC.